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Thursday, 21 August 2014

"The Woodlands of Forgotten Imaginary Friends"

Issue#62: "The Woodlands of Forgotten Imaginary Friends"

Barnaby and Loaker inadvertently take Feigenbaum and Zero to the Woodlands of Forgotten Imaginary Friends....

Notes and References:

In this issue, Barnaby mentions that his father Mr.Banks used to tell him that all his imaginary friends had gone away to live in the woods. This is similar to the common parental lie about the family dog going to live on the farm (when in reality it has died).

It is worth noting that this is a separate wood to the usual wooded area that the characters are occasionally seen in.

All the faces that Feigenbaum and Zero see in the woods are meant to be slightly similar in appearance to Feigenbaum.

This is the third appearance of Nephew Zero who is appearing in all of the main August strips as part of "Pooka-Month".

Sunday, 17 August 2014

"The Boy In The Barnaby Suit" Sunday Special

Sunday Special: "The Boy In The Barnaby Suit"

Bancroft is mistaken for Barnaby by Aldbug and Cecil...

Notes and References:

Bancroft has been wearing the gremlin suit created by Kathy Dudbert since in issue#56: "Kathy and the Real Boy".

In issue#61: "Pookananny Hootenanny" Bancroft mentions to Barnaby that the suit's zip is stuck and he is now trapped in it.

Aldbug and Cecil Lobings last appeared in issue#50: "Battle of the Barnabys" Part Two which was the penultimate issue of "The Doppleganger Saga". In the saga, The pair of Goblin bullies teamed up with the psychotic Bartleby to destroy Barnaby. They were last seen running away after Bartleby was defeated by the Pooka Feigenbaum.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

"Pookananny Hootenanny"

Issue#61: "Pookananny Hootenanny" 

Emily Hair arranges a welcome party for Nephew Zero...

Notes and References: 

A hootenanny is a Scottish word meaning "Celebration" and/or "Party". However the party above appears to be more of a gathering according to the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode "Dead man's Party" in which the character Oz defines a gathering, a shindig and a finally a hootenanny. It was that episode that helped create the title of this strip.

This is the first issue in which Kathy Dudbert wears a purple jumper instead of her usual green jumper.

It is also the first issue that sees her try and make it in the dumpling business with her "Dudbert Dumplings". The idea to have Kathy make and sell dumplings comes from a dream I had about the real "Kathy Dudbert" selling homemade dumplings in Spitalfields Market in London.

This is the second issue to feature Feigenbaum's nephew Zero who is appearing in all of the August Pooka based strips.

Emily Hair states that according to Feigenbaum, Beauregarde the grumpy bunny is good at Chess.
Zero remarks that he will have to play him at some point, Indicating that Zero is also a keen Chess player.

Zero calls Emily Hair "Miss. Hair", This is a reference to the real life "Emily Hair" and her work at the Nursery

Several points are made in this issue regarding who can see Feigenbaum and Zero- Loaker and Emily Hair can see them both, Barnaby is either aware of their existence or just goes along with it due to his experiences in the "Doppelganger Saga", Bancroft can't see either of them and is seemingly unaware of pookas in general and Kathy Dudbert is just happy to have an event to sell her dumplings.

Bancroft is still in the Barnaby suit. The zip has broken and he is trapped in the suit. He originally put the suit on in issue#56: "Kathy and the Real Boy" so that he could go on a date with Kathy Dudbert.

All the main characters in the banner of the weekly strip are in this issue.

Thursday, 7 August 2014

"The Pooka's Nephew"

Issue#60: "The Pooka's Nephew"

Feigenbaum gains an extended family when his Nephew Zero comes to stay in Moloch Falls....  

Notes and References:

The title of this issue is a reference to the 1955 children's book "The Magician's Nephew" by C.S. Lewis. It was the sixth book published in "The Chronicles of Narnia" series but it serves as a prequel to the main series. As such it is typically placed in chronological order whenever in a complete volume of the book collection. 

In this issue, We discover several things about Feigenbaum-

1.- His first name is Fasil. The character has only ever been known as Feigenbaum, Which turns out to be his surname.

2.- He has a family which includes his brother Marlo Feigenbaum, His sister-in-law Peggy (Not mentioned in the strip but in the original script) and his young nephew Zero. They all appear to reside in Ammon Hills, A rival town to Moloch Falls.

3.- Feigenbaum states that he was unsure if he had a family or not due to his status as an imaginary creature.

This is the first appearance of Nephew Zero who is set to appear in several upcoming Pooka themed issues. He has appeared in the banner of the site since issue#52: "See No Feigenbaum, Hear No Beauregarde"

In the letter from his brother Marlo, An annual Pooka Conference in Polpegan is mentioned. In reality Polpegan is a french word meaning Pooka.

Emily Hair, Like Loaker, has always been shown as being capable of seeing Feigenbaum. This "ability" appears to be extended to all pookas as she is able to see Zero.

Emily Hair last appeared in issue#53: "No Country For Barnaby Banks".

Feigenbaum last appeared in issue#52: "See No Feigenbaum, Hear No Beauregarde"

Thursday, 31 July 2014

"Where The Wild Things Go"

Issue#59: "Where The Wild Things Go" 

Barnaby discovers that Molochstein wants to go home...

Notes and References: 

The title of this strip is a play on "Where The Wild Things Are", A 1963 children's picture book by American writer and illustrator Maurice Sendak. The story focuses on a boy called Max who dresses up in his wolf costume and sails to an island to become king of a group of beasts known as "The Wild Things". He then decides to return home to his mother much to the dismay of the Wild Things.

Barnaby brings Molochstein the salad which he was seen carrying in issue#58: "The Gremlin Suit Makes The Man". As stated in the note section of that issue, Molochstein is a vegetarian.

Beauregarde can be seen in the distance of the first panel stealing carrots from the Dudberts garden.

Barnaby tearfully states "Some Monsters can't be tamed". Barnaby, as a gremlin, could be seen as a monster that has been tamed by human life. This hidden meaning/interpretation is purposefully lost on Barnaby although it should be clear to the viewer.

This issue marks the final appearance of Molochstein. The character was created for the storyline which saw Barnaby attempt to abandon civilisation in search of solitude. When he went looking for Solitude he instead found Molochstein who unwittingly enabled him to return home.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

"The Gremlin Suit Makes The Man"

Issue#58: "The Gremlin Suit Makes The Man"

Bancroft continues to wear the Barnaby suit....

Notes and References:

The title of this issue is a reference to the idiom "the clothes make the man" which was later changed to "the suit makes the man". It basically means that people will judge you depending on the way you dress. It relates to Bancroft, who is now sporting a red gremlin suit that resembles Barnaby Banks.

Bancroft first put on the Barnaby suit in issue#56: "Kathy and the Real Boy". This was because Kathy Dudbert only agreed to go on a date with him if he wore it. The suit was originally made by Kathy Dudbert.

Bancroft may continue to wear this suit in a few special issues that will go along with the regular strip. The stories will revolve around Bancroft being stuck in the suit and people's reactions to the suit. 

Barnaby is carrying a plate of salad for Molochstein, A troll like monster currently staying in Mr.Banks' shed. Although never stated within the strip, Molochstein is a vegetarian.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

"The Monster at the End of the Garden"

Issue#57: "The Monster at the End of the Garden"

Barnaby and Loaker move Molochstein into their dad's shed....

Notes and References:

The title of the issue isn't a direct reference to any one thing. However it is a play on "The Monster at the End of This Book: Starring Lovable, Furry Old Grover", A sesame Street book written by Jon Stone and illustrated by Michael Smollin. In the book, Grover tries to stop the reader from reaching the end of the book, Where he knows there is a monster. It is finally revealed that the monster is Grover himself.

This is the forth appearance of Molochstein, A troll like creature that Barnaby and Loaker met and befriended up in the mountains.

This is also the forth appearance of Beauregarde the grumpy rabbit.

Beauregarde thinks "they'll let anyone stay in this garden", This is a reference to the Mole-Men who previously occupied in the garden in issue#10: "Barnaby and Loaker VS The Mole-Men" until "issue#42: "Beauregarde VS The Mole-Men" when the grumpy rabbit evicted them. It is also his way of stating that he is the main resident of the garden.

The final three panels show Molochstein sitting alone in the shed. This was done to illustrate the point that Molochstein is perhaps feeling as isolated and as lonely as Barnaby was after issue#53: "No Country For Barnaby Banks". It also shows how Molochstein may not have wanted to leave his mountain home.